Today, we're excited to bring you an interview with Permanent Records, one of our favorite shops located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
How did you first get started with records? What got you hooked?
When I was 8 years old, I got a copy of Parliament's Flashlight 45. It was all over for me after that.
What prompted you to open a record store?
Honestly, I was really just sick of working for other people. I had been working in the music industry for years prior to opening- it just seemed like a natural fit.
How many records, cds, etc. do you have and what is the breakdown of new vs used?
I wouldn't even be able to guess! Lots. And we try to keep the split of new and used at roughly 50/50… though that does vary from time to time.
Do you specialize in a particular genre?
We like to think that we have a little bit of everything here. But I suppose we have more Rock than anything else.
How long have you been open? What are some things you've learned or noticed?
P-Recs has been open for almost 6 years. Original location was in Northport, LI and I moved the shop to Greenpoint in 2007. I've learned to always trust my instincts...never second guess.
How do you decide what to put on the shelves?
Like I just said, trust your gut. If it's something that really speaks to me, I have to be confident that at least some of my customers will feel the same way. I also often take cues from my customers.
How are you using the Internet for your store?
We've just recently started tweeting (@precs) and facebook-ing (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-NY/Permanent-Records/126539994908?ref=ts) information on in-store performances, current sale items, and giveaways. That's been really fun and we've gotten a great response. We also run a mailing list. And of course, we update permanentrecords.info with upcoming events whenever we have them.
What does the record store of the future look like?
I think it'll look EXACTLY like the inside of 181 Franklin Street. Seriously though, no idea. People have been predicting the demise of the record store for years. I guess you'll just have to ask me this question again in 2060.
To someone just getting started with vinyl, any words of wisdom?
No words of wisdom per se. I would never presume to tell anyone anything about what records they should own. Like what you like.
To someone who only listens to digital music, any words of wisdom?
Whatever works for you. See above question, same deal.
Anything else you want the readers of Analog Apartment to know about?
Readers may be interested to know that we sell turntables, amplifiers, speakers and a whole line of stereo accessories.
Thanks again to the team over at Permanent Records. We'll see you soon!